The Oracle | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on the West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale, The Oracle places hop intensity first and foremost, making only the slightest concession to malt and balance.

The fireworks start with the aromatic punch of dry-hop sessions with hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest. Resinous, citrusy hop flavors mixed with aggressive bitterness from a massive kettle addition deliver on that aromatic promise.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,720
Reviews:
786
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
455
Gots:
416
For Trade:
7
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Photo of woemad
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a box from Gopens44 that was mostly VA beers, but obviously with a couple MI beers as well. Bottled-on stamp is smudged-it was bottled on the 16th, this year, but what month is unclear. I've heard a lot of good things about this beer on NBS.

Poured into a Mad Bomber IPA glass, this was a chill-hazed, slightly sedimentary dark golden amber color, with a big, creamy white head that stuck around for a while and left all sorts of lace.

Piney and peppery nose to this. Also a big, caramelly malt backbone. I've read that Bell's calls this a Northwest style DIPA. While it smells good, I wouldn't characterize it as anything other than a Midwest style DIPA, with what I tend to think of as the bigger malt backbone that the latter entails.

Bitter, piney hop flavor up front. That aspect transitions to a big, malty backbone, without a whole lot of in between. This strikes me more as a Midwest/ East Coast IPA that's been shorn of more citrusy hop flavor. It's good, but rather one dimensional. The high level of alcohol does not come through in the taste at all.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

Not a bad beer, but a a bit limiting, flavor-wise.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber brew. Little head.

Aroma bursts from this beer, right at initial pour. You can smell it at an arm length away. Now what is it? Lots of hops, Sugary caramel sweetness and alcohol. Some ripe melon.

Sweet scotchiness and breadiness in the flavor, followed by some citrus accompanying an alcohol burn. Very smooth and slick, increasingly so as it warms. . Almost flat, but such a heavy body that it embraces the cocktail nature.

Enjoyable big boy brew. Thanks Bells

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Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale yellow gold with a tall thick white head that leaves lace for days.

Smells bright with fresh citrus and tropical fruit notes, backed by whole grain bread notes and a floral bouquet.

Sweet bread notes balanced by bitter citrus lemon and grapefruit. It has some nice sweet stone fruit notes - peach. It finishes dry with slight oak notes.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The pour was amber in color, with hazy body, and a good sized, two finger thick head. The aroma was very potent, even at an arm's length. Upon bringing the glass to the nose, I could smell lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. There was also some hay in addition to the tropical fruits. The first sip was was quite bit more bitter than I was expecting, proving flavors of grapefruit pith, bitter orange, and pine. There was a good deal of malt sweetness, and alcohol lurking behind the hop assault. This was a thick, chewy DIPA, providing a hefty mouthfeel. Definitely a DIPA made for sipping.

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Photo of Hayden34
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 13tido
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep metallic gold. Looks really thick good texture.

Nice malty backbone with a sweetness to the smell. Pine hop notes with a bit of orange. It's a good smell and mix.

The taste has the same notes but is much stronger. Slight fruity booze note. Grapefruit and light pine notes. But overall it's sweet.

Heavy body and a little but much less than you expect. Biting carbonation.

A pretty good and intense beer if that's your thing. Definitely worth a taste.

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, yellow-orange body topped with a thick, sticky, soapy head; sheets of lacing adhering to the glass. Heavy pine sap aroma mixed with some citrus notes; mild bread crust. Bitter and pine-like flavor quickly followed up with a heavy grain flavor; hop bitterness lingers throughout; old citrus rinds. Heavy body; lots of residual sugars for body; prickly on the palate; finishes with an alcohol dryness.

Malty, bitter, with an almost chewy mouthfeel aptly describes this beer. One won't find any fruity sweetness in the taste or aroma here. In many ways, this comes across like an extremely hopped-up barleywine.

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Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 7/26/16. Pours hazy dark golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt and fruit with piney hops and some fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt with some fruit that quickly gives way to a big harsh piney resiny hop bitterness with some noticeable alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, I was hoping for Hopslam but too much harsh alcohol and bitterness.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsucks
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SippinSlow
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kuges
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Werk Force snifter.
A - Pours an opaque orange with a small white head.
S - Almost no aroma at all, maybe just a little malt.
T - First you get caramel malt sweetness and then the bitterness slams you. If you are looking for juicy, don't come here.
M - Soft and creamy, carbonation seems lower than average. Bitterness lingers.
O - I wanted to try this and was glad to find a single bottle. The bitterness really dominates. Not bad but I would not buy again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Oracle from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,720 ratings.
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